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Star Trek and History

A guide to the history that informs the world of Star Trek --just in time for the next JJ Abrams Star Trek movie For a series set in our future, Star Trek revisits the past constantly. Kirk and Spock battle Nazis, Roman gladiators, and witness the Great Depression. When they're not doubling back on their own earlier timelines, the crew uses the holodeck to spend time in the American Old West or Victorian England. Alien races have their own complex and fascinating histories, too. The Star Trek universe is a sci-fi imagining of a future world that is rooted in our own human history. Gene Roddenberry created a television show with a new world and new rules in order to comment on social and political issues of the 1960s, from the Vietnam War and race relations to the war on terror and women's rights. Later Star Trek series and films also grapple with the issues of their own decades: HIV, ecological threats, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and terrorism. How did Uhura spur real-life gender and racial change in the 1960s? Is Kirk inextricably linked with the mythical Old West? What history do the Klingons share with the Soviet Union? Can Nazi Germany shed light on the history and culture of the Cardassians? Star Trek and History explains how the holodeck is as much a source for entertainment as it is a historical teaching tool, how much of the technology we enjoy today had its conceptual roots in Star Trek , and how by looking at Norse mythology we can find our very own Q. Features an exclusive interview with Nichelle Nichols, the actress behind the original Lt. Uhura, conducted at the National Air and Space Museum Explains the historical inspiration behind many of the show's alien races and storylines Covers topics ranging from how stellar cartography dates back to Ancient Rome, Greece, and Babylonia to how our "Great Books" of western literature continue to be an important influence to Star Trek 's characters of the future Includes a timeline comparing the stardates of Star Trek 's timeline to our own real world history Filled with fascinating historical comparisons, Star Trek and History is an essential companion for every Star Trek fan.
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Acknowledgments: A Piece of the Action: The Pleasures of Sharing Star Trek xi A Timeline of Stardates xiii Alan Kistler Star Trek Series and Movie Titles: A Universal Translator xxv Introduction: Time Warps and Future Histories 1 Nancy R. Reagin PART ONE Characters [Are] Welcome: Backstories 1 Riding Posse on the Final Frontier: James T. Kirk, Hero of the Old West 7 Alice L. George 2 More Than "Just Uhura": Understanding Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, Civil Rights, and Space History 22 Margaret A. Weitekamp 3 The Compassionate Country Doctor and Cold-Blooded Biomedicine: Bones, Spock, and Medicine beyond the Machine 39 Brenda Gardenour 4 Who Is Q? 57 Alan Kistler PART TWO Kirk and Spock Take on Earth History 5 The Final Reflection?: A Mirrored Empire?: Klingon History and American History 71 Lori Maguire 6 Vietnam, Star Trek, and the Real Future 87 H. Bruce Franklin 7 You're Doing It Wrong: Cause and Effect in Star Trek's Histories 109 Michael Lewis 8 If This Is the (Final) Frontier, Where Are the Natives? 125 Amy H. Sturgis 9 Terrorizing Space: Star Trek, Terrorism, and History 143 John Putman 10 To Boldly Go When No One Has Gone Before (or After): Star Trek's Timelines 158 Karma Waltonen PART THREE Future Culture 11 Shakespeare (and the Rest of the Great Books) in the Original Klingon 179 Elizabeth Baird Hardy 12 Information Technology in Star Trek: Android versus Android, iPads versus PADDs, Facebook versus the Borg 194 Brent McDonald 13 History on the Holodeck 212 Marcus Schulzke 14 Why Star Trek's Cartography Is So Stellar, or How the Borg Mapped/Changed Everything 226 Matthew D. Mingus 15 Who's the Devil?: Species Extinction and Environmentalist Thought in Star Trek 242 Dolly Jorgensen PART FOUR Other Races Have Histories Too, You Know 16 Nothing Unreal Exists: The Contradictory Logic of Vulcan History 263 Alex Robles 17 Alien Babes and Alternate Universes: The Women of Star Trek 280 M. G. DuPree 18 Klingons: Going Medieval on You 295 Christian Domenig 19 Nazis, Cardassians, and Other Villains in the Final Frontier 307 Amy Carney Negotiating the Legacy of Star Trek and Its Fans 323 Rick Worland Starfleet Academy Instructors 341 Index: Databanks 349

About the Author

NANCY R. REAGIN is the Chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City, where she is also a professor of history. She has published several books in modern European history, and has firm opinions about how the holodeck and other technologies could be used to teach history at Starfleet Academy. She is also the editor of Twilight and History and Harry Potter and History , and the coeditor of Star Wars and History .

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